The Needles

Published 7 July 2013

The Needles on the Isle of Wight

Last week I spoke about walking part of the Tennyson Trail on the Isle of Wight back in 2006.

Well I couldn’t leave the Isle of Wight without showing you the mighty sight that greats you at the eastern end of the trail – the Needles.

The three stacks of chalk that stick out into the sea are probably the most distinctive and best known part of the Isle of Wight. Not for nothing does the local bus operator run open top vehicles to it in the summer, and there’s even a small theme park at the entrance.

But head away from the brash commercialism, you’ll find the decaying remnants of the former military battery, which operated from the 1860s until 1954, and which is now owned by the National Trust.

And then there’s the real thing that everyone comes here for. The view. And it is spectacular. On a lovely day the chalk stacks positively glisten and gleam in the sun. For those walking the Tennyson Trail, it’s a rewarding sight either to start or end the day.

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